To Use JPEG Or HEIC? That Is The Question

JPEG or HEIC

Apple has replaced the JPEG image format with HEIC. The change happened with iOS 11.

We have seen more and more press on High Efficiency Image Format (HEIC is the acronym Apple uses for High Efficiency Image Format because technically Apple implements a container approach. This is too technical for this post to discuss, but suffice it to say, if you are on a Mac you can use HEIC and HEIF interchangeably.) It seems like the focus on photography connected to iPhone 11, users are beginning to ask more questions about the new format.

WHY HEIC?

The idea behind HEIC is that it uses less storage space. The compression algorithm in HEIC is boded on next-gen technology and delivers similar quality to JPEG but takes up half the space.

There are other advantages to HEIC. It supports 16-bit deep color. That means you won’t see banding in your images that were common with 8-bit images.

CAN YOU USE IT?

If you are on a Mac running HighSierra or later, than the HEIC files will open for you just like JPEG files. If you have an older machine, you can find apps that will convert your file. iMazing comes to mind. There are others.

Windows users must install additional software to be able to read HEIC files. You will need to install HEIF Image Extensions from the Windows Store. Once installed, no more problem. But it’s not automatic like it is on the newer Macs.

QUALITY

We tested some images from our iPhone 11 Pro Max by looking at the JPEG v. HEIC pictures and frankly, we couldn’t tell the difference. Oddly enough we liked the HEIC better than the RAW images we got using camera apps like Moment. Given the smaller file size and the quality being equal, we are advising people to use HEIC. There seems to be no downside.

As always, your mileage may vary.

NOTE: Works on all iPhones running iOS 11 or later.

Image Credits: ESA/Hubble.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on google
Google+

Scott Bourne

Scott Bourne (ASINWP) is a professional wildlife photographer, filmmaker, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He’s been involved with photography for more than four decades and his work has appeared in more than 200 publications.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

person holding iphone taking photo of white and blue lighted christmas tree
Doug Daulton

What is a Mobile Creator?

We serve mobile creators. But, what exactly is that? What is it now? How will that role be defined in the future? Let’s explore the answer.

Dr. Clyde Huston family on front porch of their home 1907
Doug Daulton

Memories Of Quarantine

“Porch Portraits” are becoming a thing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they come with inherent problems. Here are a few ways to scratch that itch while staying safe.